House Speaker Turzai to lead Marcellus Shale tax myth roundtable

Rep. Mike Turzai
Rep. Mike Turzai

Pennsylvania Speaker of the House Mike Turzai (R-Allegheny) will lead a roundtable and media event on Friday to discuss Marcellus Shale myths and to unveil a vision for a 21st century Pennsylvania energy policy.

The roundtable will also discuss the necessity of growing Marcellus/Utica Shale-related usage.

Pennsylvania’s “sizable domestic energy reserves, a robust manufacturing base and a dynamic mix of major corporations, small businesses and emerging industries” afford the state a unique chance to grow into a global energy leader, Turzai said. “Pennsylvania can realize our full potential if legislators reduce the tax burden on Pennsylvania families and job creators, cut regulatory barriers that inhibit job growth and drive entrepreneurs to other states, and expand opportunities for new industry sectors to come to the Commonwealth.”

Pennsylvania has the potential to develop into a global energy hub, however, it first requires the ability to grow without onerous taxation while providing downstream benefits of natural gas to such areas as Lancaster, Reading and York.

The roundtable will also include Sen. Ryan Aument (R-Lancaster), House Majority Whip Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster) and numerous House colleagues, as well as local Lancaster/Reading/York area energy leaders and expert panelists in the natural gas industry and the manufacturing sector.

Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry President Gene Barr will moderate the event, which will be held from 9-11 a.m. on Friday at the Shady Maple Smorgasbord at 129 Toddy Dr. in East Earl.